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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Roberts Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781597109291
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The blaze that night at her family’s pizzeria changed young Reena Hale’s life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself. But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge… When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested. Though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can’t always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn’t the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He’s been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go. Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena’s life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced… Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " Another "stand-alone" novel -- excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 2/7/2014

    " This was a good one. Kind of slow in places, though. I enjoyed the fire investigation. I enjoyed Reena's Italian family. The love story was a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/6/2014

    " Possibly my favorite Nora Roberts book. The family has a dynamic I relate to. "Dream Girl" is just beyond cute... I so need this man to move in next door! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gill | 2/5/2014

    " The first Nora Roberts book I read. Easy to read and enjoyable. Having read one or two more I have to say that I find her books a bit formulaic. Good for a quick read when on holiday or feeling "under the weather"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/30/2014

    " currently traveling back and forth to work book on tape "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/29/2014

    " so interesting! not normally my type of story line but i couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel Allred | 1/26/2014

    " I had to read the reviews a little over a year later to remember the book, which isn't uncommon, but indicates to me that the book didn't stick out. I do enjoy Nora Roberts, and she's a fox, if her brush touched pictures indicate anything, then again maybe I don't remember the author's page anymore than the book. I will continue to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/5/2014

    " This was my first Nora Roberts books to read. She is a favorite author of several women I know and I must admit, I enjoyed this novel myself. Plot summary: An arson investigator is born the night her family's pizza parlor is burned by a man that she spends her adult life trying to bring to justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sintia Prasetio | 1/5/2014

    " Setelah baca Northern Light, Angel Falls sama ini, memutuskan bahwa genre NR yg begini cucok buatku , bukan yang romance... Seruu, tokoh utamanya juga selalu wanita tangguh... keren, recommended :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 12/21/2013

    " I don't like her JD Robb books because they are too violent and gruesome. This on was very close to that style. If this had been my first NR book I would never read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/6/2013

    " One of Roberts' best. Italian setting. Great love story without overdoing the 'goopy' love situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbierandall1 | 10/30/2013

    " Kept me entertained all week! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/22/2013

    " I figured out the criminal about halfway through, but still an excellent read! I enjoy Nora's writing style and her ability to keep the reader interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina | 8/27/2013

    " Great romantic thriller. Could not put it down! This is my first Nora Roberts book and will read more!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 8/23/2013

    " Up there with her best!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 6/8/2013

    " Fire to anything sucks. This was an eye opener to what can happen to your family and how resilancey is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/6/2013

    " not my usual pick, but this was given to me by a friend and i enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/14/2013

    " A book about a woman that begins an arson investigator after her father's pizzeria is burned down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/30/2013

    " My first Nora Roberts book. I thought it was a fairly balanced portrait of a woman who is intense about her job and wants relationships. Great procedurals and Roberts is adept at writing dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/18/2012

    " I liked it, but it was too easy to guess who was doing all of the fires... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snap | 11/2/2012

    " BLUE SMOKE is one of Ms. Roberts stand-a-lones. Big Italian family, fire, revenge, fire, love, fire, friendship, fire. It was good and a great read on the treadmill!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/27/2012

    " LOVED it!! It was a great read, and easy to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Barnes | 6/18/2012

    " very interesting topic. really enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Morris | 6/18/2012

    " I read this book in one day....once I started, I couldn't put it down... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/28/2012

    " First one of hers I have ever read, outside of the In Death series. Really enjoyed it a lot. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ilona Maxon | 1/30/2012

    " Rate 3.5. Psychopath stalks woman. Murders people connected to her and covers tracks using fire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 11/13/2011

    " I read this so long ago - but it was SO GOOD I may have to ready it again!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Lenzini | 8/19/2011

    " Even though I am partial to series books I love Nora's stand alones. This one was suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charie | 8/2/2011

    " This is my favorite Nora Roberts book!! I was disappointed with the movie, it just wasn't as good as the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Care | 5/17/2011

    " I started reading this book after I saw the Lifetime movie. Books are always better than any movie (not that I thought the movie was bad!) and I was not disappointed. I am excited to read more by Nora Roberts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lil | 4/16/2011

    " this book was so good i loved all the facts about fire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/1/2011

    " I found this book a bit slow for the first 100 pages or so, then half way through could not put the book down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/25/2011

    " I will definitely have to look up more of Nora Roberts' books as I was mistaken about her field. I enjoyed this book very much. I particularly loved the characterization, the references to how most families and the criminal mind work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/24/2011

    " I loved this book very much. Nora Roberts can really write great stories to enjoy. It was also a great made for tv movie too.
    sandy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2010

    " Near the middle to the end, I could not put this book down until I figured out how it was all going to end!!! Loved this book!!! "

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